ENriCH: Discovering European cultural heritage through international dialogue

The project ENriCH: Reveal YouropEaN Cultural Heritage, funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme, is being kicked off in September. ENriCH is led by the city of Veszprém with the support of the International Office of HETFA.

Municipalities and civil organizations active in the field of youth and culture from Hungary, Slovenia, Estonia, Austria and France are participating in the project. ENriCH aims to reinterpret the European cultural heritage through the dialogue of involved young people and decision makers. ENriCH also provides opportunity to explore how the major European events affected the cities of the partnership, and what kind of long-term impacts these happenings had on them. Moreover, it pays special attention to discover such local values which contributed to the European cultural heritage.

As part of the project, local discussions and transnational workshops are organized. During these events, young participants gain insight into the world of decision-makers and discuss how the preliminary identified local heritage has formed the present and future of Europe. Furthermore, they examine to what extent the perception and attitude of future’s generation has changed relating to common European values. Beside the official project partners, the city of Passau will also host a transnational project event since it is rich in cultural heritage and has a traditional and active relationship with Veszprém.

At the end of the project two major outputs are planned: first, a use-it! based online map of each city consisting of alternative city walks compiled by young participants in strong dialogue with seniors and experts. This map shall demonstrate those cultural heritages (both tangible and intangible) that local young people would show to foreigners. Second, outcomes and results of discussions will be summarized in a final study including policy recommendations aiming to shape the involvement of youth in the preservation of cultural heritage.

The project EnriCH reinforces the aspiration of Veszprém to be actively involved in European cultural processes and to strengthen its international relations. This is a key priority now, when Veszprém is preparing its application for the 2nd round of the European Capital of Culture 2023 call.

EnriCH is starting in these days: the kick-off meeting is being held in Veszprém on 18-19 September 2018. This first event provides opportunity for participants to brainstorm on the importance and the preservation of cultural heritage on the one hand; on the other hand to change experience how young people can be involved into the promotion and transmission of local and European cultural heritage.  The official website and the social media channels of the project will start in due time. Till then, for further details stay tuned on www.hetfa.eu!

Partners of ENriCH are:

  • Municipality of Veszprém, HU
  • Tartu City Government, ES
  • Public University of Ptuj, SI
  • City of Saumur, FR
  • Foster Europe Foundation for Strong European Regions, AT.